Kuwait and Dubai based Jazeera Airways, the first private airline in the Middle East has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 30 Airbus A320 aircraft. The agreement quadruples the number of aircraft Jazeera Airways have ordered from Airbus from 10 to 40 A320s.
The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the 47th International Paris Air show at Le Bourget between Jazeera Airways? Chairman and CEO Marwan Boodai, and Airbus President and CEO Louis Gallois with the presence of John Leahy Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
?We have very ambitious growth plans at Jazeera Airways and Airbus has been a good partner for us all the way. We started operating in October 2005 with our first A320 aircraft and now we operate five. The A320 is proving to be an exceptional aircraft for us and for our growth plans,? said Marwan Boodai, Chairman and CEO, Jazeera Airways.
Jazeera Airways, a Kuwait Public Shareholding Company established in 2004, placed its first order for 10 Airbus A320 aircraft shortly after it completed its IPO in June 2004.
?Jazeera Airways have grown successfully in a short period of time and we are delighted that they chose our aircraft to help them achieve this level of success. I congratulate Jazeera Airways for their achievements and thank them for the confidence they are continuing to show in our A320 Family of aircraft?, said Mr. Leahy.
Advanced fuel-saving aerodynamic design, including wingtip fences and an all new lighter cabin help reduce fuel burn further, make the A320 Family the most environmentally friendly single aisle aircraft in operation. Centralised maintenance with extended servicing intervals and proven reliability in day-to-day service help to give it the lowest operative costs.
The A320 Family, which also includes A318, the A319 and the A321, is recognised as the benchmark in the single-aisle aircraft market. So far over 5,070 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered, making the aircraft the fastest selling commercial jetliner ever.
Airbus is an EADS company.